Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Query Letters & First Dates

After spending almost 7 years writing a novel and editing it more times than I can count, you would think a simple query letter would be a breeze. 
But, with so much riding on it, I find it difficult.
These letters need to be the best presentation of me and my work. 
They represent the first point of contact to the guards (literary agents) of the gates to traditional publication. 

In a very real sense, this is like a First Date.

What are they looking for? 
What will they think of me? 
As I express myself and open up, I am being judged by my every word. 
Are they going to be a right fit for me?
What if they don't respond at all?
Why is it so difficult?

I have no doubt that this experience is both good for me and growing me into a better writer and person. But I am reminded of just how rough it can be out there to be single ( I mean unpublished).

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